2017 – Stan Walters Memorial Tyer of the Year
John has been tying flies for over 45 years. After retiring, he moved to Sister, Oregon to be close to his favorite river, the Metolius.
He was the treasurer for the Oregon Council – FFI for 4 ½ years and Chair of the 2015 and 2016 NW Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo in Albany. He has been an exhibition fly tyer at the NW Expo, Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo (Boise), Northern California Fly Tying Expo (Redding), Washington Fly Fishing Fair (Ellensburg) and several national FFI Fairs. He helps to teach fly tying at Central Oregon Project Healing Waters.
Lastly, John started the website RiverKeeper Flies (www.johnkreft.com) in March 2014, which is a great resource to novice and experienced anglers. His weekly posts include a variety of topics including fly fishing, fly tying, fly fishing road trips, and volunteer work. A couple of notable tabs on the webpage includes Fly Patterns (including Crooked River flies) and Resources (knots, hook and bead conversion charts). Many pictures accompany the posts and fly patterns to help with his story-telling style.
John and his wife Karen (a noted fly fisher in her own right) live in Sisters.